Tether a Blackberry on Alltel

I cannot even describe to you the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment that I have now that I have finally tethered my Blackberry Curve (Alltel) to BOTH my laptops.  On Windows 7, it was fairly simple:  pair the phone, then set up a com port.  On the Mac, is was pair the device, set up the DUN for Generic & CDMA.  After that, the phone number, user name, and password are: #777, <your 10 digit phone number>, alltel.

It took me over a year to find that information on the internet.  I don’t know if people just don’t use Alltel or what, but it was exceedingly hard to find.

Down speeds are around 280kb/s, with uploads coming it at about 90kb/s.  Latency is around 330ms.  Not great, but not bad either.  I can easily work on those speeds, so long as I don’t need to do any heavy uploading/downloading.

If you need help tethering, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help.

Author: Jack Slingerland

I'm a software engineer working and living in Raleigh, NC. I work in Python, Django, Node.js, React+Flux, AngularJS, and PHP. I like to work out with Kettlebells, run, and spend my free time with my wife, cat, and dog.

8 thoughts on “Tether a Blackberry on Alltel”

  1. I was able to follow your info and get online….UNTIL I upgraded the BlackBerry Desktop software to version 6. Now, I keep getting the error message stating that there is a problem with the com port.

    I am now searching again for any new insights, even trying to uninstall new BB Desktop and reload older version that came with my Curve 8350.

    I am emotionally vested here (ha!) and have had to turn to this method on a number of occassions when my usual access went down.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

    1. I’d try to uninstall the desktop software. Usually it’ll still leave the driver around and you can try and connect using some sort of Windows Bluetooth connection. There’s a bit of info out there online about setting your blackberry up as a modem manually without the desktop software. Let me know if you manage to get it to work!

  2. software.alltel.com
    I just found this on the net and it has drivers and software to set up on you computer. Don’t know if it works yet going home today to try it. Wish me luck

  3. I was told yesterday by Alltel that you have to have the unlimited data plan to tether and it will cost an additional $40 to turn the tethering feature on….Is this true?

    1. I have the unlimited data plan, but I’ve never paid to turn on tethering. I don’t think I’ve ever been charged for it either. Tethering is something the BB can do without the need for Alltel’s intervention. If you download the Blackberry Desktop software, you should be able to do this easily.

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